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Gibraltar Travel Information

The Basics

Electricity

Electrical current is 240 volts AC, 50 Hz. Plugs in use are the round two-pin type or the rectangular three-pin plug.

Language

English is used for official purposes and in schools, but Spanish is also widely spoken.

Travel Health

No vaccinations are required for travel to Gibraltar. Tap water is chlorinated, but it is advisable to start with bottled water. British nationals are entitled to free emergency treatment on proof of residency in the UK. EU citizens can receive treatment on presentation of a European Health Insurance Card (EHIC). Health insurance should cover the cost of a transfer to the UK if required.

Tipping

A service charge is generally included in restaurant bills, but it is usual to leave an extra 10% tip.

Safety Information

There is a risk of international terrorism and visitors should be vigilant to ensure safety in public places and tourist sites. There are very few incidences of street crime or violence. Authorities on both sides of the Spanish/Gibraltar border often delay vehicles and it is usually better to leave one's car in Spain and walk to and from Gibraltar to avoid lengthy queues. There is no 'ticket' necessary to enter Gibraltar from Spain and visitors should be aware of tricksters trying to sell any such thing at the border.

Local Customs

Public drunkenness is severely frowned upon.

Business

Gibraltar is a British overseas territory and business is conducted in a similar fashion to Britain. Depending on individual sectors, a formal dress code is advisable by default, as the island has a strong military culture. A firm handshake is the norm for both men and women and although business cards are exchanged there is no ritual surrounding it. Punctuality is expected. General business hours are 8.30am to 5.30pm Monday to Friday.

Communications

The international dialling code for Gibraltar is +350. The 9567 access code used when calling Gibraltar from Spain was discontinued in 2007. The outgoing code is 00 followed by the relevant country code (e.g. 0044 for the UK). City codes are not required. The local mobile phone operator uses the GSM 900 network and has roaming agreements with all major international operators. Internet access is available.

Duty Free

Travellers to Gibraltar over 17 years do not have to pay duty on 200 cigarettes, 100 cigarillos, 50 cigars or 200g smoking tobacco; 1 litre spirits or liquers, or 2 litres of wine and 2 litres of sparkling or fortified wine; 50g perfume.

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